Opera for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764550101
ISBN-13: 9780764550102
Edition: 1997
List price: $24.99
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

"Pogue is a wonderful teacher... He can teach anybody." -Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father "Scott Speck is a great communicator of classical music.... Concert audiences and readers alike can't help getting caught up in the joy of his subject." -David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra League Opera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time. Even when they're singing your language, which is rare, you still can't understand the words. Women play men, men play women, and 45-year-olds play teenagers. All the main characters seem to get killed off. And when somebody dies, he takes ten minutes to sing about it. Yet, for all its weirdness, an operatic experience is an experience in breathtaking beauty. When you hear a soprano float a soft high C, or a tenor singing a love song, or a full-throated chorus in the climax of a scene's dramatic finale, you can't help getting goosebumps. Want to experience all that beauty for yourself, but don't know where to begin? Opera For Dummies is an excellent place to start. Written by an acclaimed conductor and a musical director, this friendly guide tells you what you need to know to: Understand opera from the Baroque and Roman periods through today Interpret characters, orchestra, chorus, and other players Understand what's happening, both on stage and off Choose the best seats Identify famous operas Build a great collection of opera recordings Locate opera sites and chat groups online Whether you're interested in attending a live opera, want to build a collection of recordings, or just want to be able to talk about opera intelligently, Opera For Dummies is for you. Among other things, you'll explore: The words, the music, and the people who sing it The history of opera and the lives of the great composers Going to the opera_including tips for getting tickets, preparing for the opera, dressing for the opera, and more Musical and theatrical conventions used in opera In-depth synopses of the world's most beloved operas On the bonus CD you'll find: More than 60 minutes of music compiled especially for the book A multimedia piece for PC or MAC Wonder what it is about opera that can make a grown person cry like a baby? Find out in Opera For Dummies.

David Pogue grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and later graduated from Yale University. After graduation, Pogue wrote manuals for music software, worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and wrote for Macworld Magazine. Pogue wrote Macs for Dummies, which became the best-selling Mac title, as well as other books in the Dummies series. He has also written the book, Hard Drive and has co-authored The Weird Wide Web.

Foreword
Introduction
Larger Than Life
Curtain Up!
The Libretto's the Thing
The Score's the Other Thing
Opera Singers and Their Equipment
The Story of Opera
A Little Greece, a Little Italy
The French Connection
English Channels
Opera with a German Accent
The Russian Evolution -- and the American Way
A Night at the Opera
How to Go to an Opera
A Spin through Your Free CD
Intermission: Backstage Tour
A Guide to the World's Most Beloved Operas
The 50 Big Kahunas
The Best of the Rest
The Part of Tens
The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Opera
The Ten Best Opera Terms for Cocktail Parties
Ten Great Opera Jokes
Ten Ways to Keep Discovering Opera Forever
Appendixes
Getting Started
Opera Timeline
Glossary
Index

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